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  • FLASHBACK- Supreme Court upholds voter ID law Law justified to protect integrity, reliability

    03/12/2012 5:43:39 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 14 replies ^ | 4/28/2008
    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that states can require voters to produce photo identification without violating their constitutional rights, validating Republican-inspired voter ID laws. In a splintered 6-3 ruling, the court upheld Indiana's strict photo ID requirement, which Democrats and civil rights groups said would deter poor, older and minority voters from casting ballots. Its backers said it was needed to prevent fraud. Burden 'eminently reasonable' "We cannot conclude that the statute imposes 'excessively burdensome requirements' on any class of voters," Stevens said. Stevens' opinion suggests that the outcome could be different in a state where voters could...
  • Voter ID Law Struck Down Again [ Wisconsin- But the USSC ruled its legal in 08 ]

    03/12/2012 5:39:36 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 12 replies · 1+ views ^ | March 12 2012 | nbc26
    Green Bay-- A second judge struck down Wisconsin’s voter ID law, and this time, the injunction is permanent. A different judge passed a temporary injunction against the law last week, but the state's attorney general says this fight isn't over. The law's proponents say they'll continue to push it through the courts. Green Bay city clerk and election specialist Kris Teske says each polling place hired one employee to check identification and make sure the voter was at the correct precinct. "We had five training sessions and teaching the poll workers about the voter ID, so now we'll just take...
  • Supreme Court upholds voter ID law (4/28/08)

    03/12/2012 4:02:54 PM PDT · by Jean S · 30 replies · 2+ views ^ | 4/28/08 | From the Associated Press via MSNBC (4/28/08)
    The Supreme Court ruled that states can require voters to produce photo identification without violating their constitutional rights, validating Republican-inspired voter ID laws. In a splintered 6-3 ruling, the court upheld Indiana’s strict photo ID requirement, which Democrats and civil rights groups said would deter poor, older and minority voters from casting ballots. Its backers said it was needed to prevent fraud.It was the most important voting rights case since the Bush v. Gore dispute that sealed the 2000 election for George W. Bush. But the voter ID ruling lacked the conservative-liberal split that marked the 2000 case.The law “is...
  • [WI] Judge rules voter ID law unconstitutional [makes temp injunction permanent]

    03/12/2012 12:39:19 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 133 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 3/12/2012 | The Associated Press and Patrick Marley
    Madison - A Dane County judge permanently enjoined the state's new voter ID law on Monday - the second judge in a week to block the requirement that voters show photo identification at the polls. "A government that undermines the very foundation of its existence - the people's inherent, pre-constitutional right to vote - imperils its legitimacy as a government by the people, for the people, and especially of the people," said the eight-page opinion by Dane County Judge Richard Niess. "It sows the seeds for its own demise as a democratic institution. This is precisely what 2011 Wisconsin Act...
  • Obama Administration Blocks Law Requiring Texas Residents to Show Photo ID Before Voting

    03/12/2012 9:04:52 AM PDT · by Sleeping Freeper · 142 replies ^ | 3-12-12
    The Justice Department is objecting to a new photo ID law in Texas for voters, saying the state has failed to demonstrate that the the law is not discriminatory by design against Hispanic voters. The department's head of the civil rights division, Tom Perez, wrote a a six-page letter to Texas' director of elections saying that Texas has not "sustained its burden" under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act to show that the new law will not have a discriminatory effect on minority voters. About 11 percent of Hispanic voters reportedly lack state-issued identification. Perez wrote that while the...
  • Voter ID uncertainty adds to WI election clerks’ frustration

    03/09/2012 9:13:20 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 3-8-12 | Kirsten Adshead
    MADISON — When politicians, interest groups and judges start bickering over election legalities — from voter ID to recalls — the fallout lands squarely at Doris Dahl’s door. “It’s just mind-boggling, I guess, all the changes and the waste of money we go through with these elections,” said Dahl, the clerk and treasurer for the town of Trempealeau. “You print something and then at the next election, it’s obsolete.” The latest change? A temporary injunction ordered this week by Dane County Circuit Court Judge David Flanagan against a new law requiring voters to present a valid photo identification card when...
  • Judge in voter ID case signed Walker recall petition [WI]

    03/06/2012 3:16:03 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 35 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 3/6/2012, Updated: 4:53 p.m | Daniel Bice
    Dane County Circuit Judge David Flanagan, who granted a temporary injunction against Wisconsin's new voter identification law, signed a petition urging the recall of Gov. Scott Walker. *** His clerk called back to say Flanagan would only answer questions submitted in writing at the courthouse. State Republican Party spokesman Ben Sparks said his party will be filing a complaint with the state Judicial Commission asking it to investigate why Flanagan did not recuse himself. "The very fact that Dane County Judge David Flanagan signed a petition to recall Governor Walker calls today's court proceedings regarding Wisconsin's voter ID law into...
  • Judge grants temporarily injunction barring enforcement of voter ID law in April election [WI]

    03/06/2012 11:53:14 AM PST · by Hunton Peck · 69 replies · 1+ views
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | Tuesday, March 6, 2012 1:45 pm | ED TRELEVEN
    A Dane County Judge on Tuesday granted a temporary injunction that bars the enforcement of the state photo ID law at polling places during the general election on April 3. Circuit Judge David Flanagan said that the Milwaukee Branch of the NAACP and Voces de la Frontera had demonstrated that their lawsuit against Gov. Scott Walker and the state Government Accountability Board would probably succeed on its merits and had demonstrated the likelihood of irreparable harm if the photo ID law is allowed to stand. Flanagan ordered Walker and the GAB to "cease immediately any effort to enforce or implement...
  • VIDEO - Groups set to protest Voter ID bill (Bill would require id each time a person votes)

    03/05/2012 8:47:44 AM PST · by VU4G10 · 10 replies ^ | March 5, 2012 | Michael Gorsegner
    HARRISBURG— In about six weeks, Pennsylvania voters will hit the polls for the state's primary. One group is trying to make sure that getting into the polls to vote looks the same as it always has in the past. A group called Protect our Vote will be protesting House Bill 934 at the State Capitol today. That voter identification bill would require people to show ID at the polls each and every time they vote. Right now, voters have to show identification the first time they vote in a polling location. The group wants to make sure that bill doesn't...
  • Tennessee election officials optimistic about voter ID law

    03/04/2012 1:54:10 PM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies
    AP via Commercial Appeal ^ | 3/4/12 | Lucas L. Johnson II, Associated Press
    NASHVILLE — State election officials say the small number of Tennesseans who didn’t have proper identification during early voting indicates people are adjusting to a new law that requires them to have a photo ID to vote, but others say the real test will be the general election in November. Tennessee’s 12-day early voting period ended last Tuesday. During that time, Election Coordinator Mark Goins said there were more than 200,000 voters, and only 46 showed up without a photo ID. “That is such a small number for a brand new policy,” Goins said. “So far, the implementation of this...
  • New Voter ID Laws WI: Video

    02/21/2012 12:58:19 PM PST · by Jean S · 12 replies · 1+ views
    See link for video.
  • Eric Holder’s Protection of Voter Fraud

    02/17/2012 8:12:19 AM PST · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 22 replies ^ | Feb 15th, 2012 | Frank Crimi
    Seeking to overturn a DOJ judgment that its voter photo identification law, passed in May 2011, violates the National Voting Rights Act (NVRA), the state of South Carolina recently announced that it is suing the Justice Department and Attorney General Eric Holder in federal court. The decision by South Carolina comes as the DOJ is vigorously working to stop the spread of states enacting or implementing voter photo ID laws, prompting fears that the Obama administration is undermining the integrity of the upcoming 2012 elections. In December 2011, the DOJ blocked South Carolina’s new voter ID law from taking effect...
  • Republicans, League of Women Voters go at it over Voter ID (MN)

    02/17/2012 7:22:40 AM PST · by Parmenio · 14 replies
    MinnPost ^ | February 16, 2012 | Cindy Brucato
    The author of a proposed constitutional amendment to require a photo ID when voting is offering an olive branch to the bill’s most vocal opponent. “When this passes… I would expect the League of Women Voters to work with us,” said state Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer, Republican from Big Lake. The League is not accepting. “If it passes the Legislature, we will continue to educate voters. If it passes [in November], we will have to take a look at both options -- try to make it work or go to court,” says Laura Wang, executive director of the League of Women...
  • APNewsBreak: South Carolina attorney general sues federal government for blocking voter ID law

    02/07/2012 10:51:37 AM PST · by Hunton Peck · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | February 07, 2012 - 1:16 pm | MEG KINNARD
    COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina's top prosecutor says the U.S. Justice Department was wrong to block South Carolina from requiring voters to show government-issued photo identification to vote. Attorney General Alan Wilson asks a judge to overturn the decision by the federal government in a lawsuit filed Tuesday. The Justice Department in December rejected South Carolina's law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls.
  • Voter ID plan had bipartisan input, not necessarily bipartisan support

    01/31/2012 5:21:55 AM PST · by iowamark · 8 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 29 January 2012 | Mike Wiser
    Proponents say elections will be more secure; opponents say certain individuals will be unfairly targeted. Secretary of State Matt Schultz jumped into one of the most partisan issues in electoral politics last week when he proposed a new voter photo identification bill. But he did so with a twist. Unique to his proposal is the idea that one voter can vouch for another in place of photo identification, something Schultz hopes will blunt criticism of his plan. Indeed, Schultz used the word “bipartisan” no fewer than 14 times during his Statehouse news conference and in answering questions from the media....
  • Voter identification laws may effect 2012 election

    01/27/2012 8:49:51 AM PST · by usalady · 12 replies
    Examiner ^ | January 27, 2012 | Martha R Gore
    Changes in elections laws have been enacted many times since 1790 when only American white males were legally allowed to vote. Included were the 1870 law that allowed former slaves to vote, in 1920 women’s suffrage came about, in 1924 the Indians Citizenship Act gave Native Americans the right-to-vote and in 1964, the poll tax was banned in all federal elections. These were all considered positive changes.
  • UW-Madison begins issuing free voter ID cards

    01/21/2012 9:19:26 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    The University of Wisconsin-Madison is set to begin issuing free school identification cards to comply with a new state voter ID law. The university says students can pick up an ID Monday on campus. It pledged last year to offer the cards since the law has a two-year expiration for school IDs that make older IDs invalid. Colleges and universities across the state have debated how to comply with the law, which passed last year. Several UW campuses are taking a similar approach to Madison's policy. The university also launched a website Friday designed to help students on any voting...
  • Wis. judge delays decision on voter ID lawsuit

    01/20/2012 2:43:56 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    A judge weighing one of three lawsuits challenging Wisconsin's new voter ID law said Thursday he needs more time to consider both sides' arguments before he will rule on the state's motion to dismiss the case. After listening to arguments from attorneys for the League of Women Voters, which is seeking to overturn the law, and for Gov. Scott Walker and the state elections board, Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess said he couldn't yet rule on the motion but would at a March 9 hearing. He also said he may rule on the merits of the case then. The...
  • Aldermen back measure to track residents turned away from the polls

    01/19/2012 10:19:55 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies · 1+ views
    JSOnline ^ | 1-19-12 | Larry Sandler
    Milwaukee election officials will keep track of how many people are turned away from the polls because of new voter identification and residency rules, the Common Council decided Wednesday. Aldermen unanimously backed Ald. Milele Coggs' resolution to collect the data in the wake of the controversial state law enacted last year. The new law requires voters to show photo identification at the polls, starting with the Feb. 21 primary. Voters who don't have one of the acceptable forms of identification will be allowed to cast provisional ballots, but those ballots will not be counted unless the voters return with an...
  • Voter fraud? (Vanity)

    01/19/2012 7:01:34 AM PST · by outofsalt · 8 replies
    self | 1/19/2012 | self
    In Virginia we have had a long standing requirement to show ID's when voting. Many other states do too and some are passing laws to try to, "true the vote" but, of course, these are opposed by the "progressives" as being unnecessary as, "this is a non-existent problem." I'm looking to compile links to proven instances of erroneous voter tallies.
  • Holder position on voter ID exposes racial discrimination against gun ownership

    01/18/2012 5:18:49 AM PST · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 17 January, 2012 | David Codrea
    Attorney General Eric Holder used Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy on the anniversary of the civil rights leader’s birthday Monday to emphasize the Obama administration’s dedication to protecting the American people from discriminatory voting practices,” Politico reports. The remarks followed a December move by Holder's agents at the Department of Justice to block “South Carolina's new voter ID law from taking effect, claiming that the measure will put an unfair burden on minority voters,” according to an earlier Politico piece. Naturally, the move is endorsed by Ben Jealous and the NAAPoC (I mean really, “CP” in this day and age?)...
  • In Flap over S. Carolina Law, Old Tensions and a Campaign Issue

    01/15/2012 9:48:54 AM PST · by justiceseeker93 · 24 replies
    Yahoo News via Reuters ^ | January 15, 2011 | Andy Sullivan
    Columbia, South Carolina (REUTERS) - The state that fired the first shot in the Civil War is once again battling the government in a racially charged conflict that is drawing heated rhetoric from Republican presidential candidates. South Carolina is in a standoff with Democratic President Barack Obama's administration over a new state law that would require residents to produce a photo ID before they could vote. Federal officials say it could disproportionately keep black voters away from the polls. Republican candidates are waving the banner of states' rights as they tout their small-government credentials.
  • Activist: My ‘tactics’ same as media’s

    01/12/2012 4:13:36 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 1-12-12 | Jessica Heslam
    The guerrilla gotcha artist who punked New Hampshire says his latest ploy — using dead people’s identities to get ballots in the Granite State primary — is no different than what any hard-hitting network news operation does. It’s just another kind of investigative journalism, insists conservative video activist James O’Keefe, who is now facing a state investigation. “There is definitely a double standard against citizen journalists,” said O’Keefe. His undercover stings embarrassed ACORN in 2009, when he posed as a pimp seeking criminal advice from the left-leaning community service organization — and prompted high-level resignations at NPR, after an O’Keefe...
  • Attorney General: 900 Dead People Voted In SC

    01/11/2012 3:07:37 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 34 replies ^ | 1-11-12
    COLUMBIA, S.C. -- With a primary election just around the corner, South Carolina’s attorney general is asking for an investigation into possible voter fraud in the state. On Wednesday, Attorney General Alan Wilson asked State Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel to review evidence of potential voter fraud in the state. Wilson said the evidence of fraud was uncovered by Director of the Department of Motor Vehicles Kevin Shwedo during an extensive review of data related to the state's new voter identification law. "Director Shwedo's research has revealed evidence that over 900 deceased people appear to have 'voted' in recent...
  • Video: NH poll workers shown handing out ballots in dead peoples' names

    01/11/2012 1:21:40 PM PST · by katiedidit1 · 23 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 1/11/2012 | Alex Pappas
    MANCHESTER, N.H. — Video footage provided exclusively to The Daily Caller shows election workers in New Hampshire giving out ballots in the names of dead voters at multiple voting precincts during the state’s primary election on Tuesday. The bombshell video is the work of conservative filmmaker James O’Keefe and his organization, Project Veritas. Voters in the Granite State are not required to present identification to vote. O’Keefe’s investigators were able to obtain ballots under the names of dead voters at polling locations Tuesday by simply asking for them, he said. “Live free or die,” an election worker told one of...
  • South Carolina AG to fight feds over voter ID law

    01/11/2012 7:48:06 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 1-11-12 | Noelle Phillips
    Three of South Carolina’s top political leaders announced Tuesday their plans to file a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice’s decision to block the state’s controversial voter ID law. Attorney General Alan Wilson said he will file a lawsuit within the next two weeks against the Justice Department in Washington D.C. district court. It’s necessary, Wilson said, to protect the integrity of South Carolina elections. “Our intent of the office is to look at this legislation through the litigation process and to ensure that no voter is suppressed in the right to vote and that the integrity of the...
  • Voter in Ward 9 attempted to vote as a dead man (NH fraud)

    01/10/2012 1:48:56 PM PST · by raccoonradio · 15 replies
    Twitter/Boston Herald ^ | 1/10/12 | Joe Dwinell, Katy Jordan
    Voter in Ward 9 attempted to vote as a dead man, caught by moderator who knew dead man, Herald's Katy Jordan reports And: Staff_reports @jordankaty Voter who attempted to use dead man's ID was testing system: "I could have gotten away with it. Couldn't I?" he reportedly said
  • Democrats Embrace Voter Fraud (They Can't Win Without It)

    01/09/2012 4:29:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | January 9, 2012 | Lurita Doan
    With a dismal record of achievement and forced to accept the bitter harvest of their failed economic and foreign policies, no one should be surprised that Team Obama and the Democrats in Congress are running scared. Nor are the Democrats’ fears irrational. With an historical supermajority in the House and the Senate, Team Obama and Democrats pushed their pet, progressive ideas with a vengeance, spending and borrowing. Yet despite full political power and despite the trillions of dollars thrown into the maw of the Obama/Reid/Pelosi vision of utopia, our nation is left with the nastiest of all financial hangovers as...
  • Department Safety Homeland Security Issues nearly 9,500 Photo IDs for Voting Purposes since July 1st

    01/07/2012 3:18:40 PM PST · by opentalk · 7 replies
    Tennessee journal ^ | January 5, 2012 | Tennessee journal
    The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security today announced that 9,492 photo IDs had been issued for voting purposes from July 1st through December 31st, 2011. The vast majority (8,989) of those issued were non-photo driver licenses converted into photo driver licenses, while 503 were original photo identification cards. Effective January 1st, 2012, a new state law requires citizens to present a federal or state- issued photo ID to vote at the polls. The law also requires the Department of Safety and Homeland Security to issue photo IDs for voting purposes at no charge.
  • Obama’s plan to steal the election of 2012

    01/05/2012 2:46:49 PM PST · by Starman417 · 11 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-05-11 | DrJohn
    "I will see nutting!" Or, why Eric Holder will remain in office until 2013 at least. A pair of articles from the Washington Times make clear that the White House has a plan for the 2012 election, and that is to guarantee victory for Obama regardless of the outcome of the vote. A large part of it depends on Eric Holder and his continual bastardization of the law. The first comes from Robert Knight and his account of why democrats despise voter id laws: Assistant AG Thomas Perez, the same official who terminated the Black Panther voter intimidation case, ordered...
  • Democrats Are Terrified of Voter ID

    01/04/2012 5:59:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 54 replies ^ | January 4, 2011 | Robert Knight
    The most consequential election in our lifetime is still 11 months away, but it’s clear from the Obama administration’s order halting South Carolina’s new photo ID law that the Democrats have already brought a gun to the knife fight. How else to describe this naked assault on the right of a state to create minimal requirements to curb voter fraud?On Dec. 23, Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez sent a letter ordering South Carolina to stop enforcing its photo ID law. Perez, who heads the Civil Rights division that booted charges against the New Black Panther Party for intimidating voters...
  • KUHNER: Will Obama steal the 2012 election?

    12/31/2011 8:47:39 PM PST · by markomalley · 67 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 12/30/11 | Jeffrey Kuhner
    Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. claims Jim Crow is returning. In a recent speech, Mr. Holder said that attempts by states to pass voter identification laws will disenfranchise minorities, rolling back the clock to the evil days of segregation. He said that a growing number of minorities fear that “the same disparities, divisions and problems” now afflict America as they did in 1965 prior to the Voting Rights Act. According to the Obama administration, our democracy is being threatened by racist Republicans. Hence, the Justice Department must prevent laws requiring a photo ID to vote from being enacted. Mr....
  • Voter ID laws are common sense (by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus)

    12/31/2011 11:38:52 AM PST · by Innovative · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | Dec 31, 2011 | Reince Priebus
    In an outrageous recent fundraising letter the Democratic National Committee solicited funds from the party faithful on the grounds that the DNC was the last remaining bulwark against a series of anti-election-fraud initiatives "in more than 40 states." That's right, the DNC appears to be standing up for potential fraud - presumably because ending it would disenfranchise at least two of its core constituencies: the deceased and double-voters. Across America, Republican and Democratic legislatures have put forth voter identification laws this year to protect the constitutional values of equal protection and one person one vote, and for good reason. Election...
  • Holder's Racial Politics: The AG's attack on voter ID laws may backfire legally and politically.

    12/30/2011 7:02:36 PM PST · by Comrade Brother Abu Bubba · 58 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 30, 2011 | The Wall Street Journal
    Holder's Racial Politics Eric Holder must be amazed that President Obama was elected and he could become Attorney General. That's a fair inference after the Attorney General last Friday blocked South Carolina's voter ID law on grounds that it would hurt minorities. What a political abuse of law. In a letter to South Carolina's government, Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Thomas Perez called the state law—which would require voters to present one of five forms of photo ID at the polls—a violation of Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Overall, he noted, 8.4% of the state's registered...
  • Voter ID: Holder Looks Through Race-Colored Glasses

    12/29/2011 4:35:52 PM PST · by raptor22 · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Investors Business Daily ^ | December 29, 2011 | IBD staff
    Suffrage: Fresh from using his race as a defense in the Fast and Furious scandal, the attorney general blocks South Carolina's voter photo ID law as discriminatory. Tell that to the Department of Motor Vehicles. The Palmetto State can't seem to catch a break from this administration. First, the right-to-work state gets harassed by the National Labor Relations Board over Boeing's expansion into a new plant. Now the Justice Department has blocked a voter ID law passed in May and signed by Gov. Nikki Haley. Both federal actions, along with a Justice Department investigation into Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, have...
  • New Voter Photo ID Law Goes Into Effect Jan. 1 (TN)

    12/29/2011 11:28:17 AM PST · by Tennessee Nana · 10 replies · 1+ views ^ | December 29, 2011 | Staff
    As a new law that will require Tennesseans to show photo identification when they vote goes into effect Jan. 1, Division of Elections officials are continuing their voter outreach efforts. “Our focus, up to this year’s elections and beyond, is educating voters about what this law will mean to them,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett, who oversees the division. “Our voter outreach efforts so far have been unprecedented. I commend Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins, his staff, county election officials and all the other individuals and groups across the state who have worked so hard to get the message...
  • Why Americans Support Voter ID Laws

    12/27/2011 3:46:50 PM PST · by neverdem · 40 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | December 27, 2011 | Jack Kelly
    The state chairman of Indiana's Democratic Party resigned recently as a probe of election fraud in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary widened... --snip-- The NAACP has asked the United Nations to intervene to block state voter ID laws. It may have an ulterior motive for opposing ballot security measures. An NAACP official was convicted on 10 counts of absentee voter fraud in Tunica County, Miss., in July. Former Democratic Rep. Artur Davis, who is black, said vote fraud is rampant in African-American districts like his in Alabama. "The most aggressive contemporary voter suppression in the African-American community is the wholesale...
  • New laws: No caffeine in beer, shark fins in soup [Teach Gay History; Free College-Illegal Aliens]

    12/27/2011 12:32:47 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 26, 2011 | Valerie Richardson
    DENVER — Starting Jan. 1, getting shark fins, caffeinated beer, cough syrup or a tan is going to be tougher than it was in 2011. The National Conference of State Legislatures issued Monday its annual list of laws set to take effect in 2012, and there was nothing but bad news for connoisseurs of shark-fin soup. Oregon and California passed laws prohibiting the sale, trade, or distribution of the fins, which are considered a delicacy in China. California also became the first state in the nation to require a prescription for obtaining any drug containing dextromethorphan, an ingredient found in...
  • Justice Department Rejects South Carolina Voter ID Law

    12/23/2011 2:18:28 PM PST · by Steelfish · 102 replies · 1+ views
    FoxBusiness ^ | December 23, 2011
    Breaking News on Fox Justice Department Rejects South Carolina Voter ID Law December 23, 2011 | COLUMBIA, S.C. – The U.S. Department of Justice rejected South Carolina's voter ID law on Friday, saying the new policy doesn't do enough to ensure that minority voters aren't discriminated against. "Until South Carolina succeeds in substantially addressing the racial disparities described above, however, the state cannot meet its burden of proving that, when compared to the benchmark standard, the voter identification requirements proposed ... will not have a retrogressive effect," Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez wrote Friday in a letter to the...
  • Holder Plays the Race Card Even Before Election Day (Without it the Left cannot win)

    12/20/2011 7:42:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies ^ | December 20, 2011 | Robert Knight
    Is it racist to require people to show a photo ID when they vote? You need a photo ID for nearly any meaningful transaction, such as cashing checks, including government checks. If this simple requirement “suppresses” the vote, maybe we need to ask why it’s such a great idea to push for universal suffrage for every adult who is merely breathing. Of course, even this latter requirement would suppress the vote in Chicago and New Orleans, where dead people get to vote all the time – and do so cheerfully! In a speech Tuesday at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library...
  • Holder Signals Tough Review of New State Laws on Voting

    12/14/2011 11:48:33 AM PST · by americanophile · 19 replies
    NY Times ^ | December 13, 2011 | CHARLIE SAVAGE
    AUSTIN, Tex. — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Tuesday entered the turbulent political waters of voting rights, signaling that the Justice Department would be aggressive in reviewing new voting laws that civil rights advocates say will dampen minority participation in next year’s elections. Declaring in a speech that protecting ballot access for all eligible voters “must be viewed not only as a legal issue but as a moral imperative,” Mr. Holder urged Americans to “call on our political parties to resist the temptation to suppress certain votes in the hope of attaining electoral success and, instead, achieve success...
  • Eric Holder Targets Voter ID Laws Just in Time for 2012 Election

    12/14/2011 11:34:04 AM PST · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    News Max ^ | December 14, 2011 | Martin Gould
    Gaffe-prone attorney general Eric Holder came under new Republican fire on Wednesday after calling for an end to state laws requiring voters to show identification at polling stations. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas immediately slammed Holder. "Voter identification laws are constitutional and necessary to prevent fraud at the ballot box," Cornyn said. "Facing an election challenge next year, this administration has chosen to target efforts by the states to protect the democratic process." The increased pressure on Holder came on the same day that 22 House Republicans proposed a vote of no confidence in him for his handling of the...
  • ACLU sues Wisconsin over photo ID law

    12/14/2011 1:27:50 AM PST · by bjorn14 · 70 replies · 1+ views
    Milwaukke Journal Sentinel ^ | 14 November 2011 | Jason Stein
    The American Civil Liberties Union sued the State of Wisconsin on Tuesday over a new law requiring voters to show government-issued photo identification, charging that the measure violates the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit says that the state is infringing on some citizens' right to vote and to be treated equally under the law and amounts to a kind of poll tax on voters who lack the documents needed to get an approved ID. Republican lawmakers and Gov. Scott Walker, who is named in the lawsuit along with a long list of other state officials, have said they believe the measure...
  • ACLU files federal lawsuit over Wisconsin's voter ID law

    12/13/2011 2:13:06 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 61 replies
    The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday, claiming Wisconsin's new voter identification law imposes a severe burden on the right to vote - the second lawsuit filed in the last two months. In the lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Milwaukee, the ACLU, the ACLU of Wisconsin and National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty asked the court to declare the law unconstitutional and award plaintiffs their attorneys' fees. "This lawsuit is the opening act in what will be a long struggle to undo the damage done to the right to vote by strict photo ID...
  • From the Irony Department: Union Election Requires Photo ID

    12/13/2011 1:35:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 13, 2011 | Rovin
    Tom Blumer at Newsbusters ran a story yesterday on a Politico report on the approval of the Machinists Union’s contract extension: On Wednesday, the Politico ran a story about the International Association of Machinists Union at Boeing agreeing to approve a contract extension, the result of which ultimately led to the National Labor Relations Board dropping its controversial decision to prevent the company from beginning to operate a mostly-constructed plant in South Carolina. Politico ran their story with this photo: With the liberal media, and the ACLU in full tilt rejection of voter ID requirements that will prevent voter fraud,...
  • Holder to push against voter-ID laws

    12/13/2011 8:34:28 AM PST · by Justaham · 64 replies · 1+ views ^ | 12-13-11 | Ed Morrissey
    The Obama administration on Tuesday will wade into the increasingly divisive national debate over new voting laws in several states that could depress turnout among minorities and others who helped elect the president in 2008. Â… With the presidential campaign heating up,Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. will deliver a speech Tuesday expressing concerns about the voter-identification laws, along with a Texas redistricting plan before the Supreme Court that fails to take into account the stateÂ’s burgeoning Hispanic population, he said in an interview Monday. Holder will speak at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Libary and Museum in Austin, Tex.,...
  • NAACP taking grievances against voter ID laws to the UN, claiming discrimination

    12/10/2011 10:53:41 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 41 replies
    The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is taking its racial grievances against America to the United Nations this weekend. On Saturday the NAACP will offer evidence of what it considers a coordinated effort to disenfranchise black and Latino voters in a racist attempt to limit minority voting. According to the civil rights group, NAACP President Benjamin Jealous and NAACP Legal Defense Fund voting rights attorney Ryan Haygood will present findings from their recent report “Defending Democracy: Confronting Modern Barriers to Voting Rights in America.” “It’s been more than a century since we’ve seen such a tidal...
  • Democrat says GOP trying to deny blacks the right to vote

    12/07/2011 10:32:01 AM PST · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 7, 2011 | Pete Kasperowicz
    A Democratic lawmaker said Wednesday on the House floor that Republican legislators around the country are purposefully trying to deny blacks the right to vote by pushing for voter identification laws. “It’s no coincidence that a disproportionate number of these affected voters come from communities of color as well as the poor, the elderly and students,” said Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), a former chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus. “Having been born and raised in Texas, this certainly looks like a poll tax to me, which those of us remember as a way to prevent African Americans from voting. These...
  • Perry Could Rise in Iowa, Polling Data Shows

    12/07/2011 8:57:05 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 105 replies
    News Max ^ | December 6, 2011 | David A. Patten
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry, whom some pundits had written off as the GOP's nominee, may find a second coming in Iowa, if new poll data holds up. As Mitt Romney's campaign has suffered a startling decline in recent weeks, only to see Newt Gingrich eclipse the former Massachusetts governor's front-runner status, the battle for the Iowa caucuses set for Jan. 3 has become a wide-open race. New survey data prepared for the Perry campaign and shared by a source close within the campaign shows that the Texas governor may be poised to do much better in next month’s Iowa caucuses...
  • NAACP Taking Complaints About U.S. Voter Laws to United Nations

    12/06/2011 4:15:38 PM PST · by jazusamo · 47 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 6, 2011 | Judson Berger
    The NAACP is calling on the United Nations to intervene as it claims state governments are colluding to "block the vote" for minority communities ahead of the 2012 election -- a charge those governments vehemently deny. The nation's biggest civil rights organization this week released a report that claimed a raft of new voting laws at the state level would disenfranchise minority voters. The report said 14 states passed 25 measures "designed to restrict or limit the ballot access of voters of color." The report catalogued several categories of laws that have been passed largely by Republican-dominated legislatures and which...